Tacky vs Classy - What's the difference?

tacky | classy |

As adjectives the difference between tacky and classy

is that tacky is of a substance, slightly sticky while classy is elegant, highly stylish or fashionable.




  • Of a substance, slightly sticky.
  • This paint isn't dry yet - it's still a bit tacky.
  • (colloquial) Of low quality.
  • That market stall sells all sorts of tacky ornaments.
  • (colloquial) In poor taste.
  • That was a tacky thing to say.
  • gaudy, flashy, showy, garish
  • dowdy, shabbily dressed
  • shabby, dowdy (in one's appearance)
  • classy



  • Elegant, highly stylish or fashionable.
  • That's a very classy outfit.
  • Of a superior type; especially, exhibiting admirable personal qualities.
  • That was a classy response.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=October 1 , author=David Ornstein , title=Blackburn 0 - 4 Man City , work=BBC Sport citation , page= , passage=Manchester City put the Carlos Tevez saga behind them with a classy victory at Blackburn that keeps them level on points with leaders Manchester United.}}


    * * cool * trendy

    Derived terms

    * classily * classiness